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Towards rising inequalities in newspaper and television news consumption? A longitudinal analysis, 2000–2016

Journal article
Authors Annika Bergström
Jesper Strömbäck
Sofia Arkhede
Published in European Journal of Communication
Volume 34
Issue 2
Pages 175-189
ISSN 0267-3231
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Pages 175-189
Language en
Keywords Democracy, longitudinal analysis, news media use, political equality, socioeconomic status
Subject categories Media and Communications, Media Studies


The transformation from low- to high-choice media environments has triggered concerns of rising inequalities in news media use. This concern has been buttressed by research showing that motivational factors have become more important predictors of news media use. Less attention has been paid to how changes in media environments have altered the impact of socioeconomic status on news media use. Hence, the purpose of this study is to investigate the changing impact of socioeconomic status on newspaper and television news consumption, empirically focussing on Sweden between 2000 and 2016. Among other things, results suggest that the impact of socioeconomic status on news media use has increased with respect to reading morning newspapers but decreased for reading tabloids and watching television news.

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